Adrian Peterson had an interested comment to make after his Minnesota Vikings won their first game of the season on Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Yahoo Sports on Sept. 30, Peterson hinted that Matt Cassel gives his Vikings the best chance to win.
This is not a good thing.
In 2012, Christian Ponder helped lead the Vikings to the NFL playoffs, but he threw for 2,935 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. It was not great, but it was good enough because Peterson ran for 2,097 yards and almost set the NFL record for rushing yards in a season.
Adrian Peterson led the Vikings to the playoffs, not Christian Ponder.
However, Ponder is the man the Vikings have been trying to establish as their franchise quarterback. The problem is that, in three starts this season, Ponder has thrown for 691 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. He has as much to do with the Vikings 0-3 start as anyone.
In his one start for Minnesota, Cassel completed 16-of-25 passes (64 percent) for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception. He led the Vikings to their first win of the season.
People like to point out that Cassel never did anything when he left New England, and had a chance to start at Kansas City. It should also be noted that, before this season, Kansas City was a wasteland for talent and didn’t have a coach worth his salt.
Look back to the 2008 season when he started in New England for the Patriots and threw for 3,693 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for what Cassel really looks like. He even had a 3,000 yard season in Kansas City in 2010, but spent the last two seasons either hurt or on the bench.
Minnesota is a new chance, and it looks like Adrian Peterson wants this 31-year-old to be his starting quarterback. Now, Minnesota has to decide if they want to rebuild the offense around Matt Cassel instead of Christian Ponder, who they have been grooming.